Trip To Swansea In My Husband’s Motherland , Wales – Part 6

Photograph by Ing-On Vibulbhan-Watts

 Ings Peace Project Organized by Kelly, Stephanie and their four Children

Kelly, Stephanie and their four Children, Lacey, Madison, Hallie, and Cleo were reciting Ing’s Peace poem, “Peace Come To You”, Swansea, Wales

“Peace Comes To You”
When you enjoy rain drops
Peace comes to you
When you hear birds sing
Peace comes to you
When you see fish swim in clean water
Peace comes to you
When you hear children laugh
Peace comes to you
And when you hum while walking in the wood
Peace comes to you
And when you sit quietly watching the sun rise and set
Listening to the waves sing
Then Peace comes to you
Let Peace come to you in different ways
Let Peace be with us all

“Peace” poem by Ing-On Vibulbhan-Watts, written on September 24, 2010

Hi Kelly & Stephanie,
I was very glad to see both of you and the girls. The girls are so lovely and very good kids. I love their drawings and comments on “What does Peace mean to you?” I really enjoyed that day, it made me forget about my sickness. John enjoyed cooked Pizza and prepared for everything. I was too weak to help him. He said he loved to do it for the kids. Thank you for everything. We appreciate all your help and your parents also.
Thanks again, please give my love to everyone.
All the best,
Ing
Ing-On Vibulbhan-Watts

John and I had bad colds all three weeks in Swansea, Wales. At the end of our trip, two days before we left Swansea, two of our former neighbors who become our good friends, came to visit us with their children, four girls. We were so glad to see them. The children sang Welsh songs for our grandson, Kai for me to record on my camcorder. All of them recited my Peace poem, “Peace Come To You”. They also joined in to write their comments on “What does Peace mean to you?”. 

 Ing-On Vibulbhan-Watts, Tuesday, October 31, 2017

 

Ing’s Peace Project Organized by Kelly and Stephanie and their Children
Lacey aged 11, Madison aged 14, Hallie aged 12, and Cleo kavanaghaged 11 commented on “What does Peace Mean to You?” Comments, Swansea, Wales
Photograph by Ing-On Vibulbhan-Watts
Their comments are as the following:

Peace means Love all around the world
Peace means care and kindness
Peace means happiness, relaxation and peace starts with Love
Peace is Life
Peace means getting down on a special chair, quietly watching over your garden
Peace means silence and kindness
Peace is joy, Sweetness and Love
Love. Love. Love. Love.
Peace means caring and kind
Peace starts with kind heart and Love!
Peace is Hope
Peace is us
Peace means Family
Be in Peace not in pieces
Peace begins with a smile
“Aren’t we all Humans then why can we all live in PEACE!!”
Peace is our gift to others
Peace is Beacks!
Peace means caring and Kind
Peace means Love
“Forgive others, not because they deserve forgiveness, but because you deserve peace”
Peace means that all is clam and Its also means to me is friendship and Loyalty.
Peace begins with a smile.
Peace is family
Peace means that everything is calm and relaxing

Ing-On Vibulbhan-Watts, Tuesday, October 31, 2017

 

Ing’s Peace Project Organized by Kelly and Stephanie and their Children
Lacey aged 11, Madison aged 14, Hallie aged 12, and Cleo kavanaghaged 11 commented on “What does Peace Mean to You?” Comments, Swansea, Wales

Their comments are as the following:
Peace means caring and kind
Peace starts with kind heart and Love!
Peace is Hope
Peace is us
Peace means Family
Be in Peace not in pieces
Peace begins with a smile
“Forgive others, not because they deserve forgiveness, but because you deserve peace”

 Kelly, Stephanie and their four Children, Lacey, Madison, Hallie, and Cleo were reciting Ing’s Peace poem, “Peace Come To You”, Swansea, Wales
“Peace Comes To You”
When you enjoy rain drops
Peace comes to you
When you hear birds sing
Peace comes to you
When you see fish swim in clean water
Peace comes to you
When you hear children laugh
Peace comes to you
And when you hum while walking in the wood
Peace comes to you
And when you sit quietly watching the sun rise and set
Listening to the waves sing
Then Peace comes to you
Let Peace come to you in different ways
Let Peace be with us all
“Peace” poem by Ing-On Vibulbhan-Watts, written on September 24, 2010
Ing-On Vibulbhan-Watts, Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Ing’s Peace Project Organized by Kelly and Stephanie and their Children
Lacey aged 11, Madison aged 14, Hallie aged 12, and Cleo kavanaghaged 11 commented on “What does Peace Mean to You?” Comments, Swansea, Wales

Their comments are as the following:

Peace means Love all around the world
Peace means care and kindness
Peace means happiness, relaxation and peace starts with Love
Peace is Life
Peace means getting down on a special chair, quietly watching over your garden
Peace means silence and kindness
Peace is joy, Sweetness and Love
Love. Love. Love. Love.

 Ing’s Peace Project Organized by Kelly and Stephanie and their Children
Lacey aged 11, Madison aged 14, Hallie aged 12, and Cleo kavanaghaged 11, commented on “What does Peace Mean to You?” Comments, Swansea, Wales

Some of their comments are as the following:

“Aren’t we all Humans then why can we all live in PEACE!!”
Peace is our gift to others
Peace is Beacks!
Peace means caring and Kind
Peace means Love
“Forgive others, not because they deserve forgiveness, but because you deserve peace”
Peace means that all is clam and Its also means to me is friendship and Loyalty.
Peace begins with a smile.
Peace is life

Before Kelly, Stephanie and four of their children came to our gathering John was very busy preparing pizza for everyone, especially for the children.  Because he knows that they love pizza.

 

John is a good cook and he presents his food nicely just like they are his artwork.

 

I love pepperoni and mushroom.  He used a mixture of cheeses for his home made pizza.

I was sick with a bad cold and could not help him.  But I thought John was enjoying making the food for the children and good friends.

 

Now Everybody was arriving and John’s hot pizza just came out of the oven ready to eat.

 

We all enjoyed John’s pizza.  The children said they loved it.

 

 

Ending with a slice of cake.  Our fully bellies said thanks to John for a wonderful meal.

I showed everyone the photos of Kai, our two years old grandson, and his parents, Mali and Jim.

 

I showed my Peace Poem and Peace Project from my website.

 

Lacey and Cleo were reading my Peace Poem.

 

Hallie was reading my Peace Poem.

 

Madison turned to read the Peace poem.

 

Madison was helping Cleo to recite my peace poem.

 

Kelly was generous enough to recite my Peace Poem.

Lacey and Cleo enjoyed singing Welsh songs for Kai to listen and watch from my camcorder.

Cleo and her mother, Stephanie, recite my Peace Poem.

 

Hallie was enjoying acting and reciting the poem.

 

Now everyone joined in reading my Peace Poem all together.

 

Time to relax, the children enjoyed acting out for the camera.

They love the little gifts from us, hand made bronze chokers from Thailand.

 

 

Time to say good bye!!!!!  We will meet again soon 🙂 🙂 🙂

 Thank you very much!!  We had a good time and will forever remember our time together.

 John Watts and Ing-On Vibulbhan-Watts

Sunday, October 15, 2017

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Gandhi: Human Rights and Untouchables

Gandhi: Man Of Peace & His Words                      

 Artwork by Ing-On Vibulbhan-Watts  2010

Gandhi: Human Rights, Peace, Nonviolence and Untouchables

Gandhi: Human Rights and Untouchables

Untouchables are million Indians who are at the bottom of Indian society.  They do all the lowest jobs, for example they empty and clean the chamber pots and live in very poor conditions.  The upper caste Hindu Indians treat the untouchables inhumanly.  Gandhi expressed his utmost concern for this group of people.  He declared that Indians must reject the idea of untouchables.  It was too much like racial prejudice most white showed toward Indians and Africans.

Gandhi & Spinning Wheel Of Life         

Artwork by Ing-On  Vibulbhan-Watts 2010 

Gandhi’s  Words:

My fight against untouchability is a fight against impure in humanity.

Anger, lust, and such other evil passions raging in the heart are the real untouchables.

“Remember Gandhi-The Man Of His Century”          

Artwork by Ing-On Vibulbhan-Watts  2000

At twenty seven years old Gandhi was practicing a philosophy of self reliance in 1897.  He set up an example by doing personal chores such as washing and ironing his own clothes.  He also studied medical literature and become a self-taught house doctor.  He even assisted in the birth of his third son, Ramdas. 

“Remember Gandhi-The Man Of His Century”          

Artwork by Ing-On Vibulbhan-Watts  2000

At sixty three years old Gandhi founded a newspaper, Harijan to deal with the issue of the Untouchables in 1933.  In August 1933, he was released from jail.  He began a twelve-thousand-mile pilgrimage throughout India in November.  He traveled for nine months; his purpose was to persuade caste Hindus to give up prejudice toward Untouchables.  

“Remember Gandhi-The Man Of His Century”         

Artwork by Ing-On Vibulbhan-Watts  2000

Gandhi & Ing’s Poem, Peace Comes To You                   

Artwork by Ing-On Vibulbhan-Watts  2010

 

May Peace be with Mr. Rohith Vemula, his family, and all humanity.

 Ing-On Vibulbhan-Watts, Friday, January 22, 2016

 

 Why are Indias Dalit students taking their lives?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Soutik Biswas  Delhi correspondent

20 January 2016

Rohith Vemula, a PhD student at Hyderabad Central University, Killed himself on Sunday.

“My birth is my fatal accident… I always was rushing. Desperate to start a life… I am not sad. I am just empty. Unconcerned about myself. That’s pathetic. And that’s why I am doing this.”

These are excerpts from the last letter – “this kind of letter for the first time” – that Rohith Vemula, a PhD student at Hyderabad Central University wrote before he killed himself on Sunday.

It is, at once, an eloquent and chilling suicide note: a young man who loved “science, stars, nature and people”, and aspired to become a science writer like Carl Sagan, ended up defeated and crushed by discrimination and apathy.

‘Steadily isolated’

Mr Vemula, 26, was one of five Dalit – formerly known as untouchable – students who were protesting against their expulsion from the university’s housing facility. India’s 180 million Dalits are among its most wretched citizens, because of an unforgiving and cruel caste hierarchy that condemns them to the bottom of the heap.

Mr Vemula and the four other students faced allegations last August that they attacked a member of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) – the student wing of the governing Hindu nationalist BJP – on the campus. Some reports say an investigation had found no “conclusive evidence” of the assault.

Last year the students had also protested against the execution of Yakub Memon, the man convicted of financing the deadly 1993 Mumbai bombings and the right-wing ABVP’s stalling of a documentary film on the Muzaffarnagar riotsin Delhi University.

One newspaper said the sequence of events leading to Mr Vemula’s death shows how he was “steadily isolated by campus authorities and his appeals went largely unheard”.

The university stopped paying his monthly stipend of 25,000 rupees ($369; £258) allegedly because he raised issues under the campus’s Dalit-led students union.

It also began an investigation into his – and his friends – conduct. In August federal minister Bandaru Dattatreya, a BJP junior minister, wrote a letter to the federal education ministry complaining that the university had become a “den of casteist, extremist and anti-national politics”.

In September, Mr Vemula and four other students were suspended – although the minister denies this was linked to his missive, which he says was not about the Dalit students, but a general comment on the restive campus.

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There have been countrywide protests against Mr. Vemuli’s death.

 

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Mr. Vemula was accused of allegedly assaulting a student

Mr Vemula’s death has sparked off a firestorm of protest across India.

Poet and writer Meena Kandasamy says the student’s suicide was “not just an individual exit strategy, it is a shaming of society that has failed him or her“. She wrote “education has now become a disciplining enterprise working against Dalit students: they are constantly under threat of rustication, expulsion, defamation, discontinuation”.

Mr Vemula’s is not an exceptional story of caste discrimination on India’s campuses. One report said eight Dalit students had taken their lives “unable to cope” with caste politics at Hyderabad University in the past decade. Between 2007 and 2011 alone, 18 Dalit students ended their lives in some of India’s premier educational institutes, according to another estimate.

Shocking abuse

Some eight years ago, Apoorvanand, who teaches at Delhi University, had gone to Delhi’s All India Institute of Medical Sciences, India’s leading medical school, to investigate a case of discrimination against a Dalit student.

He says he found vile abuses written on the doors and walls of hostel rooms where Dalit students lived. (There was no name calling, because direct abuse would lead to prosecution under tough anti-discrimination laws.) When he went to the director of the institute to lodge a complaint, the latter flatly denied that there was caste discrimination on the campus.

This is a school which produces India’s best doctors. This is also the school where a federal investigation into complaints of caste-based harassment and discrimination against Dalit and tribal students uncovered a shocking picture of abuse.

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Indias 180 million Dalits are among its most disprivileged citizens

The probe found most of the Dalit and tribal students complaining that they “did not receive the kind of support other students received from their teachers”. Examiners asked about their caste backgrounds. The students said teachers did not give them the marks they deserved in exams, and their papers were not evaluated properly. More than 90% of the students said they were routinely humiliated by examiners in practical and oral examinations.

“There is systemic persecution of Dalit students in Indian universities. They are often failed by their teachers deliberately,” Apoorvanand told me.

Many Dalit students who get into colleges and universities through affirmative action quotas – restorative justice for centuries of historical wrongs against the community – come to campuses with deficiencies in education, including a feeble command over the English language. Most of them are first generation graduates, come from poor families – like Mr Vemula, born of a father who works as a security guard and a mother who’s a tailor – and often struggle to fit in.

Fierce competition

India’s colleges and universities are theatres of fierce competition and confrontation: only a privileged few manage to get a limited number of seats through fiercely contested exams.

Upper caste students, say many, have a “natural hatred and antagonism” for the Dalits and tribespeople who take up seats reserved for their communities. “There is a lot of anger against affirmative action and their beneficiaries, but then there is little the upper castes can do about it because the quotas are constitutionally mandated,” says Apoorvanand.

So the students are shamed and mocked at as “quota students”, and their abilities mocked. In absence of effective student support groups or university structures, warning meltdown signals among suffering students are ignored.

Fed up with the way things were going, Mr Vemula wrote to the university authorities in December to allow him to die and even spoke about how they could help him and his Dalit friends end his life. The authorities apparently did nothing.

Politicians are accused of not confronting this appalling discrimination with the zeal it deserves.

Instead, Dalit and tribals have also become pawns in India’s hideous vote bank politics. In modern-day India, the segregation of Dalits begins early: they are separated by markers and coloured wrist bands in classrooms; and forced to clean school toilets. Upper caste school children routinely boycott school lunchescooked by Dalit cooks.

Mr Vemula is just the latest victim of India’s scourge of untouchability.

For more information please visit BBC News, Indian Section. Written by Mr. Soutik Biswas, Delhi correspondent, the link is:  https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-35349979

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